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Energy Net / | Federal nuclear regulator wants more emissions i... - 0 views

    "Uranium emissions that possibly exceeded the action level at Cameco's Port Hope Conversion Facility has the federal nuclear regulator asking for more emissions information from the company.

    According to a Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) media release, the CNSC feels further improvements to Cameco's uranium dioxide (UO2) plant in-house stack sampling system and preventative maintenance program are needed after uranium emissions at the plant on June 29 potentially exceeded the action level. Based on a Cameco report, the CNSC determined the UO2 plant uranium emission rate was 7.21 gU/h (grams of uranium emissions per hour). Although this rate is well below the licensed limit of 150 gU/h, it is above the plant's action level of 7 gU/h."
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News From Indian Country - Groups appeal decision not to halt uranium mining - 0 views

    "Conservationists are challenging a federal court decision that denied their request to halt uranium mining north of the Grand Canyon.

    Three conservation groups and two American Indian tribes filed an appeal last week to the June 17 decision.

    Denison Mines Corp. operates a uranium mine 6 miles north of Grand Canyon National Park on U.S. Bureau of Land Management land. Environmentalists sued the BLM last year, alleging Denison's mine plan and environmental analyses are outdated.

    They filed for a preliminary injunction earlier this year to stop the mining operation until the lawsuit is heard.
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Waste-disposal plan wins initial approval | - 0 views

    "An evaporation pond and land farm adjacent to the uranium mill tailings disposal site south of Whitewater won preliminary approval Tuesday from the Mesa County Commission.

    The commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the proposed 160-acre Indian Mesa solid-waste disposal facility that commissioners said was in a nearly perfect location.

    Residents of Bean Ranch Road, about two miles away, begged to differ.

    "I am concerned that Whitewater is being perceived as a dumping ground," Bean Ranch Road resident Doris Janowski said, citing the proximity of the Mesa County Landfill, a mill-tailings site, Mesa State College's body farm and the Indian Mesa solid-waste disposal facility. "As a landowner, I don't think that bodes well for me.""
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Both proponents, opponents of uranium mining will voice opinions - The Denver Post - 0 views

    "Groups on either side of proposed uranium-mining operations in Colorado this week will present their ideas about how companies should conduct themselves if they use water and chemicals to extract the ore.

    The Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board hearings begin this morning and are likely to last through Wednesday. The board will issue formal rules on in-situ mining in August.

    The in-situ process injects water and chemicals to free the uranium, pumps out the fluid and collects the ore.

    The state has been gathering information on the proposed rules since last year. The rule-making process is required under a law signed by Gov. Bill Ritter in 2008 that regulates pollution and reclamation activity for in-situ uranium mines in Colorado."
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White Plume: Keep out! Radioactive sacrifice area | Indian Country Today | Archive - 0 views

    "Powertech USA Inc. is embarking on a path of destruction from which there is no return. The company plans to start in situ leach mining in South Dakota's Custer and Fall River counties that will puncture through four aquifers on the Great Plains and endanger a fragile geologic system.

    As a result of ISL mining planned at the Dewey-Burdock site - 12 miles northwest of Edgemont - we on the Plains must face the threat of groundwater contamination for generations, while the corporate leaders reside far away in their homelands of Canada and France.

    This new corporation has no history of accountability in adhering to environmental laws or in the clean-up of a mined-out area. There are thousands of reports by mining corporations that document problems trying to contain uranium-laden water at mine sites, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Web site."
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Cotter corp. starts water cleanup in old uranium mine - The Denver Post - 0 views

    "The owner of a defunct uranium mine leaking pollution along a creek that flows into a Denver Water reservoir has launched a cleanup as ordered, state officials confirmed Thursday.\n\nCotter Corp. installed a system that can pump and treat up to 50 gallons per minute of contaminated water from inside its Schwartzenwalder Mine, west of Denver in Jefferson County.\n\nWater tests in 2007 recorded uranium levels in mine water exceeding the human health standard by 1,000 times. Elevated levels in Ralston Creek also were recorded.\n\nThe Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment ordered the action. State natural-resources officials also are monitoring the mine, which produced uranium for weapons and nuclear power plants."
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Anti-uranium protesters win legal costs from SA Government - ABC News (Australian Broad... - 0 views

    "A court has ordered the South Australian Government to pay the legal bills of nine people who were assaulted and unlawfully detained during an anti-uranium protest.

    The Supreme Court had already awarded more than $700,000 in damages.

    Back in April, it found eight protesters, a news cameraman and a girl were unlawfully detained and assaulted during a protest at the Beverley mine in South Australia's far north-east, a decade ago.

    Police locked some of the group in a shipping container and the girl, who was 11, had capsicum spray used on her. "
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Is It Time to Restart the Uranium Industry in the U.S.?: Scientific American - 0 views

  • FRESH FUEL: A proposal to build a uranium mill in Pi�on Ridge, CO, the nation's first mill in 25 years, could provide new jobs and economic benefits, but may also cause health and environmental impacts, experts say.
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